Meet the Filmmaker: Kendra Fleischman, “The String Ballet”, “Walk With Me”

The String Ballet, Walk With Mewww.kfleischman.com

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KF: Excited, honored, and appreciative of the recognition! It is a wonderful validation of one’s work to be included among such talented film makers!

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
KF: It is so important to hear from other artists/film makers, especially when pieces are very experimental in nature like this one. I value any feedback I receive, positive or negative, I am used to being critiqued so bring it on! I hope the event is well attended and cherished by the Denver audience, it really is a hidden gem!

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
KF: Focusing on women filmmakers is absolutely vital to bring a fresh perspective to film, and having an event that further focuses on regional women in film is a fantastic way for women to share their work, network and hopefully form a community of women film makers.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
KF: Everyone should attend, there is such a diverse lineup at the festival, there is something for everyone. You will definitely see works that challenge you, make you cry, make you laugh and maybe add a new perspective to your views.

Q: This is the 7th year of CIWF. Do you have a favorite memory of the festival (or screening at The Bug Theatre) in years past?
KF: Each festival has offered amazing stories its hard to choose a favorite. I do appreciate the chance it has given me to apply my knowledge in visual art to film and have it screened in front of an audience. The talk back sessions are a wonderful way to connect with audience.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film The String Ballet.
KF: I am a fine artist by trade, a sculptor to be specific. It has been an interesting path to start working with the moving image in a 2d format. This particular piece is an experiment using Adobe After Effects to create a line animation that twists, bends and forms an optical illusion. To compliment the line element of the video, I manipulated some video footage I filmed of a young ballet dancer and used overlay and blending techniques to bring the two elements together in a short piece that I hoped would feel psychedelic and fun. The music is a simple composition I created using Logic Pro to add a music box feel with a trance type beat.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film Walk With Me.
KF: What started out as a spooky little experiment with rotoscoping some ghost like images onto footage I shot at Mount Olivet Cemetery, quickly mushroomed into a story about memories and the short span of a lifetime. Almost all the footage in this piece comes from the home movies of my father, and my grandfathers, lovingly edited, overlapped and combined with footage I shot over the past 15 years. I like to think of it as a collage of memories, each getting a bit jumbled and unclear as time goes by. The music, “Walk With Me” by Moby, is a delicate and slightly melancholy adaptation of a spiritual hymn . I love the section of the lyrics – “all alone, this tedious journey – won’t you walk with me”.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
KF: I am the grandma moses of film… ha ha! Although I am coming a little late to the party, and I didn’t attend film school, I hope to add something to the art of film that is inspiring and entertaining to view.

I am kind of a one woman band right now, but I am hoping to change that this year by collaborating with more artists on story, filming and post production processes.

Q: What else are you working on?
KF: I am currently working on a large video installation called “The Little Chapel of Our Holy Motherboard” where I will be creating an entire chapel in a room complete with animated stained glass windows, a robot like Madonna and Child and a QR code prayer book. I will be exhibiting this work at Currents New Media exhibition in Santa Fe June 9th – 25th, 2017.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
KF: www.kfleischman.com or Facebook – Kendra Fleischman Off Center Studio

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say about Colorado Independent Women of Film?
KF: A huge thank you to Eileen and all the people who help organize and run this festival, your efforts in bringing this event to the public are greatly appreciated! Keep filming ladies!

 

The String Ballet will screen Saturday, February 11th at 4:00pm and Walk With Me will screen Saturday at 6:00p.m. at The Bug Theatre.